In early September, the McChord
Museum received some long awaited news about.
After months of waiting the McChord Air Museum received
some good news - - and some bad news. In early September,
Museum officials were informed that it’s request for an
C-130E had been accepted, even better, it was to be a aircraft
that served with McChord’s 36th Tactical Airlift Squadron
(S/N 63-7767) from
March 1977 to October 1981. While at McChord # 767 was painted
in Desert Camouflage during the Iran Hostage Crisis and during
the early 1980's left McChord for Little Rock AFB during the
consolidation of all USAF Desert Camouflaged C-130's. Crews
nicknamed the aircraft “The Ayatollah Express”.
The aircraft still based at Little
Rock AFB, has been grounded at the base since 2 February 2005.
On 10 February 2005 Air Mobility Command
officials announced that the Air Force would be
grounding 30 “E” model C-130’s while placing another 60
various models of the C-130 on flight restrictions because of
center wing box issues. In late 2005 a moratorium has been
placed on all flyable airlift assets, including # 767,
prohibiting their movement out of the USAF inventory including
potential movements to museums. Please return to this page for
updates on 767’s return to McChord.